Griffin Gala 2013 a huge success -- thanks to our community!
On Friday, September 20, 2013 hundreds of friends joined us at the Shubert Theater in New Haven for a delightful night of music, laughter and exquisite cuisine in downtown New Haven! Thanks to the generosity of our guests and many loyal sponsors, the event raised support for the Griffin Community, helping the hospital to offer award-winning healthcare, provide millions of dollars in community benefits, and spend thousands of hours on outreach programs. (Click here to watch the new video that was premiered a the event).
Our special thanks to Co-Chairs Larry Bingaman, CEO, South Central Regional Water Authority, and George Logan, Director of Capital and Planning, Aquarion Water Company, and to our Gala Committee (featured in left sidebar):
Our thanks also go to Griffin Gala 2013 Stage Sponsor: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and to our Gala Spotlight Sponsors: The Aiello Charitable Foundation, Inc., Susan and Frank Carroll, III, Connecticut Emergency Medicine Specialists, Ferguson Waterworks, Weight Watchers International, and to our 2013 Partner Sponsors.
Finally, we thank our restaurant partners (see right sidebar) and our outstanding performers who delighted our audience:
Ana Gasteyer and 3Penny Chorus and Orchestra
About Ana Gasteyer: Ana Gasteyer has starred in a range of theater productions since her triumphant Broadway debut in the revival of The Rocky Horror Show. In 2006, Gasteyer starred in Wicked on Broadway as ‘Elphaba’ and originated the role for the Chicago production, which earned her a Jefferson Award nomination. Her credits also include Tony-nominated Broadway productions of The Royal Family and The Threepenny Opera, Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, and Manhattan Theatre Club's Kimberly Akimbo. Gasteyer starred in Funny Girl at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and in Passion at The Chicago Shakespeare Theater, which earned her a Jefferson Award nomination. She has performed in musical acts Elegant Songs from a Handsome Woman and Let It Rip, and lent her voice to the Actor's Fund benefit recordings of Hair and Reefer Madness. Gasteyer is best known for her work on Saturday Night Live, and currently stars on ABC’s hit comedy Suburgatory.
3Penny Chorus and Orchestra, founded and directed by Arianne Abela and Colin Britt, is a volunteer ensemble with members from across the country that specializes in classical covers of contemporary popular songs. Formed in 2012, most of the group's 52 members are classically trained musicians who come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds, including performers, students, teachers, doctors, dentists, pastors, designers, graduate students and retirees.
We look forward to updating our community in the coming months on next year's event!